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The Priestess of Ancient Delphi

The Pythia – Priestess of Ancient Delphi<p>The imposing archaeological site of Delphi sits over 1800 feet up on the south-western spur of Mount …

Ancient History

Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches In Berlin, Plans Global Rollout

Until now, “let’s meet” apps like Tinder have skirted the border between dating and simple sexual hookups. Others, like Grindr, have been far more blatant. But no one (at least to my knowledge!) has tried to create what is in effect an Uber for escorts. Till now.<p>Last year, Berlin-based entrepreneur …

The invisible network that keeps the world running

Inside the humungous, algorithmically controlled matrix that supplies most of what you own<p>It's been just over 45 years since the Apollo Moon landings, and some would have it that we are failing to build big anymore; that we've since become too fascinated with the small, too impressed by our tablet …

A Startling Portrait of African Cities—And How China is Building Them

An exhibition at New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture explores the many questions prompted by Africa's developing cities.<p>If a continent's …

The vanished streets of Old Paris

Lost streets of Old Paris<p>Eugène Atget's record of a city about to be swept away<p>1902<p>1902<p>Eugène Atget (1857-1927) took up photography because he felt …

Avant-garde

Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

LONDON (AP) — Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had …

Cam girls are choosing sex streaming as a long-term career path

The most infamous cammer in the world right now is also the one most dedicated to the industry’s longevity.<p>Kendra Sunderland, a.k.a. “Library Girl” …

Employment

The New Google Photos: Free at Last, and Very Smart

I’ve been testing the new Google Photos for about a week, and despite a few drawbacks, I consider it the best photo backup-and-sync cloud service I’ve tested.<p>Last Thursday was liberation day for Google Photos, the search giant’s appealing service for storing pictures and videos in the cloud. It was …

World-Class Cities in the Making: 10 Ideas Readily Implementable to Make Cities More Attractive and Dynamic

As a proud born-and-bred Parisian, as an enthusiastic traveller, as someone who's been living abroad, I must confess that each time I go back home I'm shocked by some archaic features of the City of Lights. Indeed, in several ways, Paris seems to be lagging behind fellow world capitals. If there's …

Portland's sword-wielding "high" elf found guilty

The sad story of Portland's BMW-attacking "high" elf appears to be drawing to a close.<p>After a long court case, Konrad Bass will serve one and a half …

The Venice of the Sands in Peril

The fall of the ancient city of Palmyra before the brutal forces of ISIS last week raises the terrifying prospect of damage that could potentially …

Ancient History

Ancient City Defied Rome, Now Faces Threat of Islamic State

ISIS closes in on World Heritage Site of Palmyra in Syria. Will this 2,000-year-old city face the same fate as Nimrud and Nineveh?<p><i>Updated Sunday, 9:00 ET</i><p>A remote desert oasis that rose to become one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world is now on the front lines of a new …

Archaeology

The LG G3 has a keyboard that grows, shrinks and learns

Despite an occasionally groan-inducing press conference in London, there's little denying that LG's new G3 has plenty going for it (personal aside: I've never been more smitten by an LG phone). It's usually the little things that make the biggest difference, though, and the G3's thoughtful Smart …

Meet Silicon Roundabout's real reigning queen (you probably won't have heard of her)

Outside of the small East London technology scene, almost no one has heard of Eileen Burbidge. Yet she's quietly becoming one of the most powerful forces in Silicon Roundabout, (the UK’s answer to Silicon Valley). Christina Farr meets her<p>Through mentorship, investments, and co-working Burbidge is …

Polio vaccinators risk their lives to save lives in Pakistan

Max Becherer/Polaris<p>All but eradicated a few years ago, polio is now resurgent. The global fight against the disease depends on vaccination campaigns in Karachi, Pakistan – but violence and mismanagement have put those efforts at risk<p>KARACHI, Pakistan — Tahira Yasmeen wraps a shawl around her face …

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